My Two Cents….
I was super excited when I was invited by @theffbc to review and participate in their blog tour for Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer, because this book was already on my radar!
The book dives head first into Irish witches of whom more than one is LGBTQ+ , an angsty hate to love trope and a few Gods and serial killers. The modern day witchcraft blended with the Celtic traditions made me fall in love instantly. .
The MC is bisexual with OCD , a unique combination that was portrayed very well. Her OCD wasn’t completely paralyzing to her mental health which allowed her to still be spunky, snarky and full of life. .
The world building was a bit slow at times (all good world building usually is) but the adjacent serial killer storyline kept things moving along. In addition, the dark, sinister parts of the story were well balanced with the refreshing,flirty, hate to love romance. .
Overall I enjoyed this book very much and am keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel!
Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally,finally becoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.
And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer’s motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don’t stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.